April 23, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn track and field team will split as the majority of the team will go to the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., while a group of throwers will head to San Diego, Calif., for the Triton Invitational.
Action is slated to begin on Thursday at 9:00 am CT at the Penn Relays with the women’s 400 meter hurdles championship, women’s high jump and women’s pole vault, while the Triton Invitational will get underway at 12:00 pm CT on Friday with the women’s hammer throw.
Last week at the War Eagle Invitational, the Tigers recorded seven wins and 26 personal bests at the at the Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn. In their first meets of the outdoor season junior Valentina Muzaric and senior Stephen Saenz won the shot put. Muzaric recorded the 12th longest throw in the nation with a distance of 53-10.5/16.42m, while Saenz won with a throw of 61-2.25/18.65m. Sophomore Rachel Dincoff finished second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 52-8.75/16.07m. Senior Marcus Popenfoose finished runner up at 59-2.25/18.04m.
Freshman Sashel Brown claimed the 400 meter hurdles title with a personal best time of 58.98. Sophomore Gabriela Cumberbatch finished third with a personal best time of 1:01.63. Freshman Justin Carter won the javelin throw with a distance of 210-2/64.07m for his third win of the season. Senior DJ Smith won the high jump with a season-best clearance of 6-11.50/2.12m. In the 5000m invitational, sophomore Veronica Eder won with a time of 16:57.19.
Senior Niklas Buhner and junior Kane Grimster paced the field in the 1500m invitational as Buhner won the race with a personal best time of 3:46.49, while Grimster placed second at 3:48.10. Freshman Rachel Givens won the 1500m with a personal best time of 4:34.99, while Madeline Sharp set a new personal record at 4:55.71.